Welcome to IBSCA

Welcome to the IBSCA website. IBSCA is the International Baccalaureate Schools and Colleges Association of the UK and Ireland. Membership is open to all UK and Ireland schools and colleges which are recognised as IB World Schools. IBSCA works throughout the UK and Ireland to:

  • Support IB world schools
  • Advise candidate schools on authorization matters
  • Liaise with Higher Education on IB
  • Provide professional development opportunities

Associations of IB World Schools


IBSCA itself is one of the Associations of IB world schools. Information about the other World School Associations can be found on the IBO website.

David Young Community Academy

Our Academy opened in September 2006 and serves the area of East Leeds; we are part of the government’s Academies programme. Our building is a state of the art twenty-first century Academy with students and staff working in an ICT rich environment. We attract a lot of attention nationally and internationally and host visitors on a very regular basis, as a key part of our role is to model innovative practice. Learning in the Academy is highly personalised with a 2 year Key Stage Three and a 3 year Key Stage Four. Our Sixth Form curriculum includes the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

The Academy takes great pride in its Sixth Form students. They help us to inspire and lead the whole Academy. Most of our students continue into university; some decide on a career with training. Our students are thoroughly supported during their time here and they enjoy the many opportunities for extra-curricular activities which add depth to CVs and UCAS applications.

DYCA is not an ordinary school: it is a unique environment with exceptional students and staff undertaking transformational work

IBSCA offers

Support for IB Schools

IBSCA provides support for IB schools in a variety of ways. Firstly it provides a network through which schools following IB programmes can liaise with one another in order to share best practice. Conferences, workshops, area network meetings as well as informal contact  all contribute towards making IBSCA a rich source of advice and support for its member schools.

Authorisation advice

Schools considering seeking authorisation to run one of the IB programmes are able to obtain advice and support from the IBSCA network. This may be informal support by email or telephone or it may involve attendance at one of the local or national conferences. In the first instance, schools considering authorisation can consult the relevant parts of the IB website.

Liaison with Higher Education

The post of University Liaison Officer is currently held by Julian Metcalf. This part-time post is jointly funded by the IB and IBSCA.

The University Liaison Officer provides a vital link between ISBCA, the IB and the UK universities. The ULO maintains the Universities section on this website and can be contacted by IBSCA members with questions, queries and worries about university recognition, admissions and requirements.

The universities section of this website list  a significant number of frequently asked questions ...and answers!

Professional development opportunities

IBSCA organises five strands of Professional Development:

1. IB Teacher Workshops. These are fully authorised by the IB and include workshops for DP, MYP and PYP teachers. Details on each can be found in the Events section under Teacher Workshops. These are available for member schools and for non-members.

2. National Conferences. Typically there are two of these per year - one in the autumn; the other in the spring. Occasionally, a third conference is organised in the summer. Information on the Conferences can be found under National Events. They are open for member schools and non-members.

3. Professional Development Seminars. Several of these are arranged each year - typically in the spring. They are one-day training opportunities for experienced IB teachers in member schools only. Details are shown in National Events.

4. Area Network Meetings. Around one hundred of these are arranged each year by the various Area Networks (local clusters of IB schools). They are for IBSCA members only.

5. Other events. Various other events on specific topics (Introducing the MYP; Marketing your school; etc.) are arranged as needed.

Find an IB School

Featured schools

Llandrillo College

landrillo College is a successful and expanding FE college in North Wales and is situated across ten campuses nestled in the beautiful North Wales countryside.

Malvern College

Malvern College is a co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 13-18. Founded in 1865, Malvern is set in a beautiful 250-acre campus in the heart of England; an inspiring, supportive and friendly environment in which to educate children.

The British School of Brussels

BSB is an international learning community for children ages 1-18 years.

Cobham Hall

A leading international boarding and day school for girls aged 11 to 18, ideally located in a historic country estate in Kent, very close to London.